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UNLV gets Mercer transfer Ike Nwamu

Dave Rice adds another dunker to his 2015-16 roster.

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UNLV is filling out its roster with even more talent as former Mercer guard Ike Nwamu is headed to Las Vegas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Sittin Gucci row like they say up at UNLV, young rebel, young money nothing you can tell me&quot; <a href="">#UNLVMBB</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ikechukwu Nwamu (@ike_nwamu) <a href="">May 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Dave Rice and the Runnin’ Rebels beat out Nevada and Pitt to grab the former Bear. Nwamu averaged 15.4 points per game with an effective field goal percentage of 52.9 percent. Nwamu shot 37 percent from three, while launching 6.1 per game last season. The prior season he shot just 1.3 threes per game at 44 percent.

He started 35 games a season ago at Mercer after coming off the bench in every game of the 2013-14 season for a team that knocked off Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

Nwamu is known as a dunker and a guy that can get to the rim. He fills out the biggest void in the Rebels offense attack, as the roster was lacking a proven slasher. Pat McCaw proved he could get into the lane against defenses, but was looking to drop off a pocket pass or toss up an alley oop before looking to shoot.

Dwayne Morgan showed – in a limited capacity – the ability to get to the rim, but foul trouble, awful shot selection and a poor jumper led to Morgan seeing limited minutes last season.

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Nwamu adds to an extremely deep roster of dunkers. Derrick Jones may very well be the best dunker in the class of 2015 and Stephen Zimmerman has shown he can throw down with grace as a seven footer.

Nwamu has one year of eligibility remaining and can play right away as a graduate transfer. He may very well slide into the starting lineup alongside Jerome Seagers and Pat MacCaw.

The Rebels are still in the mix for Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss, who must sit out a season but has two years of eligibility remaining.  Plus current 2016 commit, Justin Jackson, may reclassify into the current class.

Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun has more info on Nwamu's transfer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nwamu expects to have big role for <a href="">#UNLVmbb</a>. Said coaching staff sold him on idea that &quot;we could help each other reach our goals.&quot;</p>&mdash; Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) <a href="">May 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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